Weekly Notes 11/04/2021

Saturday, November 06, 2021 7:50 AM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)


Register for the 2022 Michigan Music Conference!

The Michigan Music Conference features school ensemble concerts, performances from Honors Choirs; sessions for in-service and pre-service teachers; professional development clinics; hands-on technology workshops; and association membership and business meetings.

Attendees are encouraged to book hotel rooms online using this link, https://book.passkey.com/go/MMC22.

When prompted by the reservation page, select “Attendee” when asked to select the guest type. From there, you can manage your check-in dates and complete the reservation. 

Attendees will receive special rates from the hotels listed below.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Rate: $158/night
Cutoff date: January 5, 2022

JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids
Rate: $188/night
Cutoff date: January 5, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott
Rate: $158/night
Cutoff date: January 5, 2022

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
Rate: $145/night
Cutoff date: January 11, 2022

Register Now

MSVMA Honors Choir Performances

Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 2:00 pm | DeVos Performance Hall

JH/MS Honors Choir SA Performance

JH/MS Honors Choir TTB Performance

JH/MS Honors Choir SSA Performance


Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 3:00pm – 5:00 pm | DeVos Performance Hall

High School Honors Choir SSAA Performance

High School Honors Choir TTBB Performance

High School Honors Choir SATB Performance


MSVMA Specialized Choral and All-State Jazz Concert

Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | JW Marriott Ballroom

MSVMA Conference Headliner

Edith Copley

Edith A. Copley is a regents’ professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where she served as director of choral studies from 1993-2021. She conducted the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and graduate choral literature. The Shrine of the Ages Choir (founded in 1933) has performed at state, regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education.  NAU choral ensembles under her direction have toured internationally to Western Europe, the Peoples Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Bulgaria, Istanbul, Estonia, and Latvia.

Prior to her NAU appointment, Dr. Copley taught secondary choral music for seven years in Iowa and four years overseas in Vienna, Austria. During doctoral studies at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, she was the assistant and interim principal conductor of the May Festival Chorus that performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.

In Spring 2016, Dr. Copley retired as music director of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff (MCF). She led this auditioned 100-voice community chorus for 23 years.  As the chorusmaster for Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Copley conducted numerous choral/orchestral works, including Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Duruflé and Fauré Requiems, and Britten’s War Requiem.

Dr. Copley is an active member of NAfME and a life member of ACDA. She has served ACDA in many leadership roles, including president of the western region, president of Arizona ACDA, state and regional newsletter editor, and national conference interest session chair in 2011, 2019, and 2021. She is currently ACDA national president-elect.

Dr. Copley has received numerous honors, including NAU School of Performing Arts Centennial Teacher of the Year Award, Arizona Music Educator of the Year, Outstanding Choral Director Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona ACDA, and the Weston H. Noble Award from her alma mater Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Dr. Copley has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications and is in high demand as a conference clinician, festival adjudicator, and guest conductor in the US and abroad. She has conducted all-state choirs in over 30 states, the 2013 ACDA National Mixed Honor Choir in Dallas, and the 2014 NAfME All-National Mixed Honor Choir in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Dr. Copley also has conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Tasmania, Japan, Luxembourg, Australia, China, Turkey, England, Poland, and Oman.


A Conducting Tune-Up - Friday, 10 - 10:45 AM

Planting Seeds: Rehearsal Techniques to Help You and Your Students Grow – Friday, 1 - 3 PM

The Power of Words: Building Musicianship and Community - Saturday, 9 - 9:45 AM

Virtual Pre-Festival Video Submission Deadline | November 5 

6-7-8-9 Honors Choir Fees and Forms Deadline

District Festival Transfer Request Deadline | November 15

HS All-State Jazz Registration Deadline | November 19


Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344


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